Long story short I get back in the car around 6 and I have 50 missed calls.
"Who died," I thought.
After sifting through the messages, I come to learn the Knicks have made a minor deal. As I touch base will all my TKB brethren it seems no one is near a computer. Steve is buried in tape, Andrew is parking cars at the US tennis Open, and Alvino is moving he stuff back to BC.
It was the perfect storm. Either way, we love the Ewing trade and have considered him an option and an NBA player for some time now. What bothers me is this Balkman comparison. Balkman's gone people, this wasn't a Balkman-for- Ewing trade, ok maybe on some level it is, but it's the right move.
People have asked me why I think Ewing has the ability to have a career in the NBA and my answer is this. In today's NBA, meaning where bigs are skilled and creating space offensively is much easier than it was, say, 10-15 years ago, there is a premium for long, athletic defensive-minded perimeter players, which Ewing Jr. certainly is. Ewing is longer than Balkman.
Granted, you can say Isiah brought in a bunch of far-from-complete players during his regime and with Ewing's lack of a perimeter game offensively, you can ask how is this move different. I think Ewing has the ability to be a nice offensive player, he does have a good stroke.
In the end, Walsh was able to rid the Curse of Weis, and get back Ewing in return. To me at worst it's a great PR move. But Walsh isn't thinking PR, he's thinking he got a kid with some talent, and he'd like him as a player regardless of his name.